Hey all. Well, after last night’s shitshow, I figured we could all use a little distraction. And what better way to lighten the mood than with an obituary? Seriously though, there is no disrespect intended when I say that after seeing the news that actor James Gammon passed away, I temporarily felt better. Obviously, not at the news of his passing. But more at the thought of him in his memorable role as baseball manager Lou Brown in Major League.
Gammon’s speech about midway through the film when he reveals to the fictional (yet so believable! As if Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes and Charlie Sheen wouldn’t make for an amazing ball team! … Bearing in mind, these were pre-tax evasion and Two and a Half Men times) Cleveland Indians that they had been assembled with the purpose to fail — the original tank nation, if you will.
While I realize it’s Berenger who gets to do the whole “I guess there’s only one thing to do. Win the whole fuckin’ thing” line, it’s Gammon’s enthusiasm, confidence and giddiness as he presents a cut-out of owner Rachel Phelps with the removable sections stating: “I figure it’s gonna take 32 more victories to win this thing. Every time we win, we peel a square” that gets me every time.
And Gammon was no one-hit-film wonder (dude was in Cool Hand Luke) but I’m imagining that he’s best known for Major League cause, seeing that film as a kid, that’s what you envisioned a baseball manager to be. Gruff yet caring (“Well, you may run like Mays, but you hit like shit”), apathetic yet passionate (when he pulls Harris for Vaughn in the 9th? That’s how you pull a pitcher!) … OK, shit, I realize this looks more like an obituary for a fictional character but James Gammon as Lou Brown was an inspiration (and probably the reason for my irrational belief that the Jays could also just randomly be inspired to go on a 32-game tear and make the postseason), and regardless of what people say about managers and their role, I’d want to win playing for this guy.
R.I.P. James Gammon.
STOETEN HIJACK: I posted on this, including some video, this morning over at The Score. Asshole!